J.J. Watt is out until at least December and could miss the rest of the season because of a back injury, leaving the Houston Texans searching for ways to deal with the loss of the NFL's best defensive player. Watt was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, which means he'll be out for a minimum of eight weeks. "You can never replace the best player in the NFL," Coach Bill O'Brien said. "When someone like that goes down, it's a tough thing obviously, but at the same time this is a team." O'Brien said Watt had re-injured his back and putting him on injured reserve was the best thing for his long-term health.
The Dodgers placed Carl Crawford on the disabled list Saturday morning, the seventh time in the last six seasons the 34-year-old outfielder has ended up there. The cause this time was soreness in his lower back, which has affected him since the middle of March. The team recalled infielder Micah Johnson, who could useful on the bases as a pinch runner for Manager Dave Roberts. Johnson also played the outfield on Friday night for triple-A Oklahoma City. With Crawford out, Roberts intends to split the playing time in left field between veteran Scott Van Slyke and rookie Trayce Thompson.
Eleven days after tweaking his back in the outfield, Scott Van Slyke has not been cleared to resume baseball activity. He may miss another month of baseball, based on the timetable relayed by Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field. Roberts hoped Van Slyke could be cleared to "to start moving around, start doing some things" like play catch or take part in agility exercises, Roberts said. After that, though, there is still a sizable amount of time needed for Van Slyke to get back into playing condition. "I'd say from the point he starts, to get back to playing with us, it's a couple two, three weeks," Roberts said.
Idle since the first week of the season due to soreness in his lower back, Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke took batting practice Sunday afternoon and could be ready to start a rehabilitation assignment later this week. Manager Dave Roberts sounded upbeat about Van Slyke's progress. Last week, he indicated Van Slyke would still require two more weeks of recovery before he could play in games. Now his timetable has accelerated. "He's moving around really well," Roberts said before Sunday night's series finale against St. Louis.
"Still trying to take it in a little bit," Frederick said. "The name of the game for us has always been focusing on taking things one day at a time and also have the'next man in' mentality. Being able to have Dak step up and be able to take over that role and just support him in any way that we can."